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Heart patients being ‘failed’ by doctors over cholesterol levels

12th March 2010

A new study has claimed doctors are failing to lower heart patients’ cholesterol levels adequately.

According to research in the European Heart Journal, only half of all patients at high risk of heart disease are given correct targets for lowering their cholesterol levels.

The research claims that approximately 50-80 heart attacks, strokes and heart disease-related deaths per 1,000 patients over a ten year period could be avoided if all physicians followed the example of the best doctors who adhered to the guidelines on cholesterol-lowering targets.

Professor Heribert Schunkert, who led the research, said that although the study was conducted among patients in Germany, its findings are reflective of conditions across many nations in Europe and worldwide.

He added: “We hope that the data from our study will remind physicians of the need to observe relevant guidelines – so that they can deliver the best possible care to all their patients.”

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